- Nomination Jury 2020
Holger GerthState conservation officer for the State of Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)
Holger Gerth has been a state conservation officer for 5 years and works as an honorary professor at the Kiel University of Applied Sciences in the agricultural sector. In addition to topics related to nature conservation, his activities focus on questions of protecting the environment and sustainability.
Angela Graas was born 1971 in Oberhausen and studied communication sciences and ethnology. After attaining her degree, she attended the University of Television and Film, Munich (HFF München) as an extra-mural student in documentary film. Film writer and director since 1998. For ARD and ARTE she made various prize-winning documentaries and wildlife films, among them „Luchswege“ (about lynxes), „Terror im Reich der Orkas“ (about orcas), „Highway der Schmetterlinge“ (about butterflies) and the full-length documentary film „Jagdzeit“ (about anti-whaling activists).
Moritz was born in 1984 in Germany. From an early age he explored the countryside of Germany and later exotic places around the world. Upon graduating high school, he spent one year in India for social work on an eco-farm. Excited by the tropical climate, the vivid culture and the stunning wildlife, he decided to study biology upon his return to Germany. In 2011, he majored in tropical ecology at the University of Würzburg, which allowed him to do fieldwork in Costa Rica and Tanzania. This further nurtured his ambition to photograph and document the stunning wildlife of tropical countries. With a university degree in hand, he was forced to make a decision on which career path to follow, research or wildlife filmmaking. He chose to follow his dream - wildlife filmmaking. In 2013, Moritz was accepted into a Master's degree at the University of Otago, New Zealand and learnt the art of filmmaking from some of the best in the field.
Robin Jähne, born 1969, studied biology and worked as a photographer and journalist for various magazines. Since 1990 he has been making wildlife films in Tasmania, Oman and Europe, including historical documentaries as well as providing special footage for different TV productions. He is responsible for camera, editing and directing.
‘Hailing from Denmark, Morten studied Film Studies and English at the University of Copenhagen with a semester in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA. It was here he first entered the world of wildlife filmmaking when filming a collaborative nature documentary about deer hunting in the Chequamegon Forest of Northern Wisconsin. Not content with merely filming on the surface, after finishing university, Morten moved to Australia where he trained and worked as a Divemaster in order to be able to film underwater as well. To gain additional experience and practice he also joined various marine conservation projects in the region, ending with the Thresher Shark Project in the Philippines. Here he came into contact with the production company Scubazoo based in Malaysian Borneo which he subsequently started working for. During his time with Scubazoo, Morten gained valuable skills in all levels of documentary filmmaking, while working on several productions for international broadcasters such as Discovery Channel, ZDF and Nat Geo Wild both abroad in the Philippines but also closer to Scubazoo’s home base in Sabah, Borneo. As a freelancer, Morten has since then worked on several different projects both at home and abroad. Most notably he spent six months in Africa while working on a two-part series about the African elephant, filming in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Later on, he joined a documentary about the Bornean orangutan and the troubles it is currently facing, filmed in the Central Kalimantan region of Indonesian Borneo. Most recently, Morten was traveling all over Greenland, filming greenland sharks, narwhals and musk oxen along the way, for a documentary about life and survival in the extreme regions of the Greenlandic Arctic. ‘
Rita Schlamberger is an internationally successful director and producer of nature films from Austria. Before starting her career as a film maker she studied biology and graduated with a Ph.D. from the University in Graz. As a student she discovered her passion for the submarine world, and her many dive expeditions led her to ulterior regions of the world. In 2006 she made her pilot‘s license and after filming the Alps she succeeded making spectacular aerial shots in Africa for a film about the Sambesi. In 1992 she founded the ScienceVision film production together with her husband Michael. Since then she produces a vast number of international award-winning nature documentaries for BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, ZDF, NDR, NHK, THIRTEEN WNET, ORF, Servus TV and many more. Following the multiple awards winning Universum documentary „Donau – Lebensader Europas“ (Europe‘s Amazon), her current film „Zurück zum Urwald –Nationalpark Kalkalpen“ (Making an Ancient Forest) shows the incredible strategies applied by the “organism forest” to achieve the reconversion into a primeval forest.
Robert Sigl, born in Munich in 1983, has worked with his father, Walter Sigl, on nature documentaries for the BR since his early youth. In addition to studying biology at the LMU Munich and training asResearch diver at the Technical University of Munich, he worked for Bernhard Rübe (Ruebefilm) as an assistant, underwater cameraman and scientific advisor. He also made several educational and science films at this time. For a few years he works full-time as a producer, cameraman and author for text and image media production.
Cornelia Volk was born in Heilbronn, Germany, June, 6th 1970. After grammar school she studied political science, German literature and rhetorics in Tuebingen. Since 1997 she is working as a freelance author and director for Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk and the European Cultural Channel Arte. She made several films of the MDR series „Abenteuer Zoo“ and „Europas wilder Osten“ as well as about trans-boundary conservation areas or so called Peace Parks all over the world.
Dennis Wells started out as a radio journalist and studied sociology and media science in Düsseldorf. He worked as a sessional lecturer at the University of Düsseldorf before he moved to Vancouver to pursue a PhD in Sociology and work as a research assistant in project with First Nations. In 2008 he joined taglicht media and since then developed, produced and directed science and history documentaries for WDR, ZDF, arte, Smithsonian Channel and PBS. He now lives in Cologne, Germany.
Thomas WittManaging Director Moving Adventure Medien GmbH (MAM)
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Alexander Lahl was born in 1979 in a part of Berlin that at that time still belonged to the GDR. He studied cultural studies in Frankfurt an der Oder, where the sound of wrecking balls woke him up in the morning. Today he works as an author, film director and producer of television documentaries and animated films, which he likes to think up together with Max Mönch. They have even won several international awards for some films. Alexander has two role models: Alfred Wegener, who conquered the Greenland ice and discovered the origin of the continents and Jan Ove Waldner, the Mozart of table tennis. Alexander lives in Berlin with his girlfriend and his two children. He spends the summer, however, in his dacha in Himmelpfort on Lake Stolpsee, where a treasure of gold lies sunk. If Alexander finds it, he and Max want to stop the sixth extinction of species.
In 2000, Karsten Wiesel initiated Flensburg Short Film Days and has since been in charge of its eclectic programme. Following film studies at Media School, he has been making short films receiving a Schleswig-Holstein film award and a short film award from Schwerin arthouse Film Festival for his film “Hochbrücke Brunsbüttel”. Karsten Wiesel lives and works in Hamburg. Next to his work as film author and curator, he teaches at Europa University Flensburg and at Philipps University Marburg. He also runs media education projects for children and grown-ups at schools and cultural institutions.
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